Henrik Lundqvist shuts out Capitals again

Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Henrik Lundqvist has now shut out the Washington Capitals for 180 straight minutes.

It seems the only thing Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers needed to rediscover their defensive game was a meeting with the Washington Capitals.

With their 2-0 win on Wednesday, which was the 46th regular-season shutout of Lundqvist's career, the Rangers goalie extended his personal shutout streak against the Capitals to three games (180 minutes) dating back to last year's playoff series, which ended with the Rangers winning in seven games.

The last goal the Capitals scored against Lundqvist was Mike Ribeiro's overtime winner in Game 5. Since then Lundqvist has turned aside 84 consecutive shots, including the 22 he faced on Wednesday.

The most incredible part about this game is the way it actually played out. Outside of a 5-on-3 opportunity in the first period that included Joel Ward simply missing the net when he had Lundqvist out of position, the Capitals were rarely a threat to score as the Rangers slowly started to take over the game.

New York entered Wednesday's game with a laundry list of problems this season. They were giving up goals in bunches and were one of the worst possession teams in the NHL, getting badly outshot every game. Through their first five games the Rangers had attempted just 41.7 percent of the shots on goal during 5-on-5 play, a mark that was worst in the NHL. When it comes to total shot attempts they were at 44.6 percent, which was 27th in the league.

How did that work out on Wednesday? They absolutely dominated. The Rangers finished Wednesday's game outshooting the Capitals 36-22 overall and 31-16 during 5-on-5 play. Had it not been for that one-minute stretch of 5-on-3 time in the first period for Washington it probably would have looked even worse for the Capitals in the shot department.

With the win the Rangers improve to 2-4-0 on the young season while the Capitals fall to 2-5-0.

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